Anna Kendrick Joins Cast of DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls”

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2014 reports that actor Anna Kendrick has been cast as the lead character in DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s upcoming animated musical feature film Trolls, based on the famed trolls doll series. Kendrick will play Poppy, described as “a relentlessly upbeat princess” in the report. The movie is set to be released on November 4, 2016.

“Peg + Cat” Top 2014 Daytime Creative Emmys

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2014
The Academy for Television Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the 2014 Daytime Creative Emmy Awards, with the PBS animated series Peg + Cat winning three awards for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Peg actor Hayley Faith Negrin, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Jennifer […]

Disney Pixar Inside Out

More Details Emerge on Pixar’s “Inside Out”

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has covered an advance look at Pixar’s Inside out screened in Hollywood last week for members of the press. Present were film director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, detailing how the film will use the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley as the setting, as five of her emotions struggle […]

Nickelodeon Scouting For Raw Talent At Comic Con

by Alex Beanon June 23, 2014
Nickelodeon will have their usual heavy presence at the annual Comic Con in San Diego next month and part of that heavy presence will include members of the Nickelodeon animation department manning the official Nickelodeon booth with the express intent of soliciting the raw talents of anybody who thinks they are an animator and might […]


Zagtoon Expands Into the United States, Pitches New Properties

by Todd DuBoison June 20, 2014
There will be a new big player in America’s animation business soon, if the folks at Zag Studios have anything to say about it. Founded by Jeremy Zag and Saban Entertainment co-founder Jacqueline Tordjman, Zag is an entertainment firm based in France that has expanded into a global enterprise with offices in Paris, Brussels, Seoul, […]

China’s Light Chaser Animation Raises $20 Million

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that China’s Light Chaser Animation Studios has just closed a $20 million round of Series B funding, with studio chief Gary Wang stating his ambition to be China’s answer to Pixar Animation Studios, “creating world-class animated films with a Chinese cultural touch.” The studio’s first animated feature, Little Door Spirits, is […]


“SMART” Deal for Xing Xing Digital and Pelagius Entertainment

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2014
XING XING DIGITAL AND PELAGIUS ENTERTAINMENT GET SMART BEIJING, CHINA, JUNE 20 — Beijing Based Xing Xing Digital and L.A. Production Company Pelagius Entertainment announced today an international co-production for the animated movie SMART. Budgeted at $22M, the adventure comedy will be directed by John A. Davis (JIMMY NEUTRON; THE ANT BULLY) from a script […]

Her Universe Fangirl Apparel Coming To Comic Con

by Alex Beanon June 19, 2014
In a collaboration with Disney and Marvel, a line of fangirl apparel called “The Marvel by Her Universe” will be offered at the 2014 Comic Con in San Diego next month. The female and superhero-themed gear was announced this week and includes an assortment of Captain America fashion items along with fan favorite Marvel characters […]

Rat Queens

Heavy Metal & Pukeko Pictures Adapting “Rat Queens” as TV Toon

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
Variety reports that Heavy Metal and Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures are adapting the Image Comics series Rat Queens into an animated TV series. The comic (by Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch) describes itself as a “sass-and-sorcery” story, centering on a quartet of foul-mouthed beer-swilling adventurers: Hannah the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarven fighter, […]

Art For 2014 Comic Con Souvenir Book Released

by Alex Beanon June 18, 2014
The 2014 Comic Con is nearly upon us – only a little over a month to go – and the art work for the official souvenir book of the annual industry convention has been released. This year, the official 2014 Comic Con Souvenir Book honors the 75th anniversary of Batman by featuring the pencil-and-ink Batman-themed […]